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Within the next four months, Apple would've launched its new iPhone into 115 countries and regions, but in order to meet the insane demand of its new flagship smartphone, Foxconn is having to hire even more workers at its Chinese plants to keep up with demand.
The news is coming from DigiTimes, with Foxconn not commenting on the report, but supply chain sources have told DigiTimes that Foxconn is "aggressively recruiting workers" to work on the new iPhones. Considering Apple have sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in the first three days alone, we should expect there to be tens of millions sold before the holidays.
In just three weeks time, on October 17, Apple will open up sales of the new iPhone in China, which is the world's largest market. This will be a big test not only for Apple, but for Foxconn and China itself. Foxconn has reportedly been having issues employing more staff after all of the negative press the company receives from its various issues, which has forced the company to host hiring events to keep up with the demand of its manufacturing.
The war between Samsung and Apple has been going on for quite some time now, but things are only heating up with the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. The South Korean electronics giant has launched a newspaper ad for the Galaxy Note 4, which offered Apple a blueprint for the iPhone 7.
After the ad itself, the bottom line reads: "Dear Apple, here's a headstart for the iPhone 7". Considering Apple said that large screen smartphones are a 'fad' and that the only way to properly use a smartphone was with a single hand, one can see why Samsung is going after Apple much more with the bigger-than-life iPhone 6 Plus and its 5.5-inch screen, sans Stylus.
Apple is chewing up most headlines with its #BendGate issues on the iPhone 6 Plus, but Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone has an equally as large problem: a visible gap between its display and metal frame.
This gap is big enough to fit two A4 paper sheets, or a business card, between - which is quite large. The reports of this are surfacing out of South Korea, Samsung's home turf, but it could be limited to the first batch of Galaxy Note 4 smartphones, and not a continue manufacturing defect.
The other side of this coin is that this could be a hoax, but we will only find out when the Galaxy Note 4 launches in the coming weeks.
Apple has been having a tough time with the bending iPhone 6 Plus, but it looks like German magazine ComputerBild.de is having an even tougher time, with Apple reportedly banning the magazine from official events after its coverage of #BendGate.
ComputerBild.de is claiming that Apple has stopped sending them test devices, as well as revoking invites to any future Apple launch events after they posted a video showing how the iPhone 6 Plus could be bent with your bare hands. As you can see in the video above, the iPhone 6 Plus is easily damaged through bending just below the volume button.
The site has talked with Apple's PR department in Germany, which refused to answer any questions about the bending iPhone 6 Plus, telling the site that it "will not get any testing devices and no invites to official events any more". ComputerBild.de then wrote an open letter to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, asking him if this was the reaction that his company wants to have to publications that are covering the issue, like we have been - I still ask: seriously, what's Apple going to do with #BendGate.
OnePlus hit the headlines this year with its OnePlus One smartphone, but failed to grab much marketshare with issues of producing enoguh smartphones and getting it into consumers' hands quick enough.
But, we're hearing about the OnePlus One 2 now, and during a recent interview on Reddit, Carl and David from OnePlus answered a slew of questions about the future of OnePlus, and their upcoming devices. They were asked if Android L would appear on an upcoming OnePlus device, with Carl saying: "OnePlus 2 should be out in Q2 or Q3 of 2015. By that time, I'd think Android L would be standard. :)"
Carl also responded to users' claims that they found the form factor of the OnePlus One to be too large, where he replied: "We've seen a lot of people asking for a smaller device, and want to let everyone know that we hear you. We're thinking about it". Even right now, the OnePlus One isn't available commercially, but the company will be launching its pre-order program by the end of next month, where it should sell smartphones at a faster rate than its current invite-only program allows.
Android L is expected to be unveiled with the forthcoming Nexus 6 smartphone, which should sport a 5.9-inch QHD display, but this new mobile OS will be modified for Google's modular Project Ara smartphone.
Google's Paul Eremenko has teased that we are to expect hot-swappable components, so that users can switch out the camera module for example, without having to power off the entire phone. Virtually every single component will be hot-swappable, apart from the display and the CPU. On its Phonebloks blog, Google said: "Project Ara will use a modified version of Android L, developed in collaboration with Linaro. Thanks to this version, the modules, except the CPU and the display, will be hot swappable".
These hot-swappable modules will be made available through the Google Play store, which will open up "a new online store" to sell the modules too. We should expect the modular smartphone to be made available to consumers early next year.
Google is close to unveiling its new Nexus 6 smartphone, which according to Android Police, will feature a 5.9-inch 2560x1440 QHD display. There's some great new information on the phone, with a detailed picture of Google's upcoming flagship.
The 5.9-inch display is going to make it feel absolutely huge, even against the now large iPhone 6 Plus, or Galaxy Note 4. We have black, front-facing stereo speakers, with the power button and volume rocker finding their homes on the side of the device. Inside of the Nexus 6, we have a 3200mAh+ battery, which should keep the massive 5.9-inch QHD display and the rest of the pone powered for the entire day.
There's a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS, backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The 5.9-inch QHD display will provide a retina-busting 496PPI, which should have display enthusiasts drooling. With Android Police giving this rumor a '9/10' we should expect this smartphone to be announced any day now, but I'm disappointed we have seen Google push the new Nexus right up to 5.9-inch. I'm hoping Google surprise us with a second Nexus, with a 5.2-inch (or so) display.
Even if Apple said iPhone 6 Plus phone models bending are scarce, it appears two teenagers in the UK walked into an Apple store, bent an iPhone 6 display model, and then heard from an employee that bending doesn't actually happen.
The teenager responsible for bending the phone uses so much force that the screen actually displaces from the casing.
"The reason why we were laughing was because it was really funny," the kids said in the video. "We were in the Apple store bending and breaking their iPhone, which I guess is criminal damage but I don't even care, to be honest. It's Apple's fault - they are false advertising, saying it's the best iPhone but clearly it's not if it can bend in your hands or your pocket. It's just ridiculous."
Apple is reportedly going to begin selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in China on Friday, October 10, with the Chinese government claiming approval is in final stages. Retailers will begin receiving product on October 7, giving them three days to prepare for the public sale to begin prior to the weekend.
Samsung beat Apple to the punch after announcing the Galaxy Note 4 will be available in China before the end of the month. Even though Apple has faced pressure from Samsung and Chinese-made manufacturers, the large consumer base is too appealing for the company to simply ignore.
It continues to be a curious journey in China - the Chinese media previously said the iPhone is a "national security threat," an accusation Apple has rejected. The Chinese government has also clamped down on smuggled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models that are being illegally brought into the country.
Apple is still battling regulatory issues and didn't release its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in China, but models purchased in the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore are now being smuggled into China. Due to the high price of the devices, smugglers have already slashed prices - from $1,960 to $,2450 down to $1,060 to $1,436 - but the high price tag surely scares away most consumers.
To make matters worse, the Chinese government is stepping up enforcement on shutting down iPhone 6 smuggling into the country. A recent bust in Shanghai led to 453 units being confiscated, as hundreds more were also captured in Hong Kong. Passengers entering the country with smaller numbers of iPhones are being stopped at customs, according to Chinese government officials.
For Chinese consumers looking for a shiny new mobile device, Samsung recently released its Galaxy Note 4 to the market.